Totley History Group
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Newspaper Archive: 1860s


Saturday 17th March 1860 Sheffield Independent
Twenty Pound Reward.
Whereas some evil and disposed Person or Persons did on Thursday night 8th inst. or early Friday morning the 9th wilfully and maliciously cut the Pit Rope belonging to Mr. John Wilbraham at the Colliery Dore, and person who shall give such information as shall lead to the conviction of the offender or offenders shall receive the above reward viz. £10 from Ringinglow Association of the Prosecution of Felons and £10 from Mr. John Wilbraham. Information to be given to the superintendent of Police, Dronfield or to Jas Ball, Police Constable of Dore and Totley.



Saturday 30th March 1861 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Sheffield Guardians—The following is the complete list of nominations for the Sheffield Union :—

Mr. C. Leonard, printer, Waingate.
Mr. Joseph Mountain, plumber, Waingate.
Mr. John Watkinson, agent, St. George's terrace.
Mr. George Bassett, confectioner, Park.
Mr. Joseph Hallam, needle manufacturer, Park Farm.
Mr. Francis Colley, leather dealer, Market place.
Mr. Robert King, printer, Granville street.
Mr. John Tasker, gutta percha merchant, Angel street.
Mr. Thos. Flint, tailor, Westbar.
Mr. Thos. Youdan, Surrey Music Hall.
Mr. Joseph Ashforth, manufacturer, Rock street.
Mr. James Burgin, tailor, &c., George street.
Mr. Wm. Stacey, music dealer, West street.
Mr. John Eaton, pawnbroker, Broad street.
Mr. Hy. Crawshaw, druggist, Moorfields.
Mr. John Bland, Brunswick Hotel, Old Haymarket.
Mr. Wm. Muddiman, boot and shoe maker, Angel st.
Mr. John Hunsley, innkeeper, Castle street.
Mr. John Crossland, manufacturer, Park hill lane.
Mr. Thomas Parkin, maltster, Rock street.
Mr. Joseph Whewall, hosier, Angel street.
Mr. Alexander Neil, tailor, Change alley.
Mr. Thomas Peel, pork butcher, Westbar.
Mr. J. Plant, victualler, Broad street.
Mr. Thomas Appleyard, grocer, Haymarket.
Mr. Edwin Hall, hosier, Snighill.
Mr. Thomas McGivern, cutlery dealer, Snig hill.
Mr. G. A. Bridges, hatter, Angel Btreet.
Mr. Thomas Clifford, draper. Angel street.
Mr. Thomas Bourne, hosier, Castle street.
Mr. Michael Beal, watchmaker, Market place.
Mr. Wm. Eaton, dining rooms, High street.
Mr. Jph. Hadfield, marble warehouse, Eyre street.
Mr. G. Roper, druggist, Intako road.
Mr. J. S. Birks, grocer, Market place.
Mr. John Askham, table-knife manufacturer, Broad ln.
Eighteen other gentemen, including Ald. Saunders and Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, were nominated, but have withdrawn their names. Other gentlemen intending to withdraw, should do so before Tuesday next. A most absurd course has been pursued with regard to the nominations, some of the candidates having been nominated by as many as 38 persons.
For Brightside, which has two guardians, the nomination are: - Messrs John Jones and G. Scorah, the retiring guardians; and Mr. Wm. jarvis, of Pitsmoor, gentleman.
For Handsforth, which has only one guardian: - Mr Edward Holmes, nurseryman, Handsworth; and Mr. John Bland, Brunswick Hotel, Old Haymarket, Sheffield are nominated.
For Attercliffe: - John Rhodes is re-elected without opposition.



Saturday 23rd November 1861 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 3)
William Crofts Sheffield was charged by P.C. James Ball, Totley, with being on the premises of Mr. Geo. Osborne a Dore Farmer. The prisoner with another man were seen by Ball about 3am this Wednesday morning prowling about with a gun. He watched them and then walked up to them, when he had a struggle with them. He took Crofts and the gun which was loaded but the other escaped. Committed for 3 months with hard labour.



Wednesday 8th January 1862 Derby Mercury (page 5)
William Cox and Tom Conners navvies were apprehended by Constable Ball of Totley for stealing a handkerchief containing six quires of writing paper and several packets of envelopes and dozen of buttons and several boxes of steel pens the property of Geo. Mayfield at Baslow - Remanded for 1 week.



Tuesday 29 March 1864 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 8). [Extract only]
Nomination of Guardians
The following gentlemen have been nominated as Guardians:-
Brightside - Wm. Jarvis, Pitsmoor; Thomas Jowitt, Crabtree; George Scorah, Spital-hill; Joseph Mountain, Grimesthorpe; and John Martin Stanley, Woodhill. Those gentlemen who do not intend to stand for election should withdraw their names before Thursday next 



Tuesday 20th September 1864 Sheffield Independent (page 8).

In the evening about 50 of the subscribers sat down to an excellent dinner at the Devonshire Arms. W.B.Fernell Esq. Sheffield presided and the Vice Chair was occupied by Mr. Furness. After the usual toasts the Chairman proposed success to the Dore, Totley & Ecclesall Horticultural Soc. and in doing so referred to the very great benefit conferred on the district by the establishment of such a society. The industrious working classes could thus occupy their time in cultivating their gardens, and were able to refrain from unseemly indulgence and by their conduct elevated the morality and intelligence of the district Mr. Hancock responded to the toast, and referred to the history of the society.

The other toasts were "The exhibition" proposed by Mr. Miller, "The Judge"proposed by Mr. Hancock and responded to by Mr. Wildgoose and "The Patrons of the Society"proposed by Mr. Furness. After the dinner proceedings had concluded a dance was held and a goodly number indulged in the amusement.


Tuesday 28 March 1865 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
Nominations for Guardians of the Poor
Nominations for the approaching election of Guardians, closed last night. For the Sheffield Township they were as follows: Messrs. G. L. Saunders, Joseph Hallam, Richard Searle, Wm. Stacey, G.A. Lockwood, John Cooper, Joshua Fawley, Fretwell Hudson, Thomas Appleyard, Joseph S. Birks, John Bradwell, Thomas Jackson, William Booth, William Foster, jun., John Bland, Joseph Mountain, Edward Drabble, John Hall, Jospeh Eli Grundy, George Bassett, Joseph Redfern, Joseph Whewell, Thomas Youdan, Thomas Myers, William Wigfall, Charles Butler, Joseph Pell, Thomas Peel, Edward Courtnall, James Wing, John Hill, Robert Younge, Henry Hutchinson, Samuel Roberts, Henry Nowill, John Unwin, William Jeffrey, Benjamin Ashton, William Wright Marshall, John Starbuck, and John Tasker. - Brightside Bierlow: Messrs. Wm. Jarvis, George Scorah, William Barker, Joseph Ashforth, and John Martin Stanley. - Attercliffe: Alfred Jackson. - Handsworth: Edward Holmes. Mr Youdan has sent in his refusal to serve.



Saturday 13th January 1866 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Cutting Underwood

Yesterday an old offender named William Marsden of Totley labourer was committed for 3 calendar months with hard labour by P.W. Bagshaw Esq. at the Oaks for cutting underwood doing damage to the amount of 4s in a wood belonging to F. L. D'Ewes Coke Esq of Totley on 22nd December last. The man escaped at the time and has since been apprehended on warrant. He has been previously committed for similar offences.


Saturday 21st April 1866 Derbyshire Times Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Sudden Death.
On Saturday morning Mr. Robert Pinder of Totley Bents died suddenly from a fit of apoplexy deceased who was 78yrs of age rose at 6am in a usual health, and at the time of his death was preparing to leave home for business. Dr France examined the body and said that the death had resulted from the cause above stated. From the medical testimony of Dr. France, Mr. Busby the coroner does not deem it necessary to hold an inquiry.



Monday 20th January 1868 Sheffield Independent (page 3) [Extract only]
Introduction of Machinery into the Brick Trade
On Saturday afternoon, Mr. R. White, brick manufacturer, gave a dinner to his brickmakers and to a number of workmen who have been employed at his works at New Grimesthorpe, in erecting an improved kiln and in fixing some machinery for making bricks...The dinner was served at the Bowling green, at Grimesthorpe, and the company numbered between 200 and 300... Mr. Joseph Mountain then proposed the toast of the evening, "Success to the brickworks at Grimesthorpe." He expressed his opinion that the works would prove of great advantage to the village, and as Mr. White had embarked in such a large and important undertaking, he trusted that his workmen would rally round him and do all they could to protect his interests. The toast was received with three times three...



Tuesday 21st April 1868 Sheffield Independent (page 1)
Totley Chemical Works
T. Tinker and Co., In retiring from the Chemical Business, thank their Friends and late Customers for their kind Patronage, and beg to recommend as their Successor Mr. Thomas Kilner, their late Manager.
Thomas Kilner, In taking to the above Buisness, hopes, by assiduous attention to Business, to merit that patronage and Support which has been bestowed upon his Predecessors.



Saturday 13th February 1969 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Leasehold Property at Grimesthorpe
To be be sold by Auction, by Mr. Harvey, at his Mart, Bank-street, Sheffield, On Tuesday the 23rd of February, 1869, at Four o'Clock in the Afternoon, subject to Conditions of Sale to be then produced.
Lot 1 - Six Dwelling-houses, situate in Moss-street, Grimesthorpe, adjoining property belonging to Mr. Joseph Mountain, each containing Two Sitting Rooms and Three Bed-rooms, and now in several occupations of Messrs. Peach, Bywater, Floyd, Hull, Mitten, and Bailey, at Rents amounting to £62 8s. per annum. The site contains 600 Square Yards or thereabouts, and is held under Lease for 800 years from 29th September, 1868, at the yearly rent of £15.
Lot 2 - The Commodious Messuage and Sale Shop, situate at the Corner of Carlisle-road and Moss-street, Grimesthorpe, now in the occupation of John Lee, pork butcher. Also the Six Adjoining Dwelling-houses, four whereof front to Moss-street, and the remaining two front to Carlisle-road, each containing two Sitting Rooms and Three Bed-rooms, and now in the several occupations of Messrs. Beaumont, Parkinson, Wakefield, and others. This Lot produces a Rental of £82 8s. per annum. The Site contains 645 Square Yards or thereabouts, and is held under a Lease for 800 years from the 29th September, 1868, at the yearly rent of £21 10s.
The properties are substantially bilt, pleasantly situated, and are fitted up with every convenience for houses of this description.
For Further Particulars application to be made to the Auctioneer, or to: Messrs. Rodgers and Thomas, Solicitors, Bank-street, Sheffield.



Saturday 29th February 1868 Sheffield Independent (page 11)
Unjust Scales, Weights - James Green grocer of Totley was summoned by Inspector Chawner for having in his possession a pair of scales 1oz. 2 drachmas against the purchaser, fined 20s. including costs, Harriet Fearney, grocer, Totley was fined 5s. and costs for a similar offence. [a drachma was a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce]



Saturday 24th April 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Cherrytree Orphanage Totley
At a meeting of the supporters of this Institution held in the Cutlers Hall, Sheffield on Wednesday April 7th, the Mayor (Thos. Moor Esq.) in the chair Mr. Ald. Webster reported that the Purchase of Deed vesting the property at Totley in Trustees has been completed and the Trustees with Messrs. Rogers Broadhead, Alfred Chadburn, Joseph Gamble and Wm. Harner were appointed the superintendents of the institute. The sum of £1,500 has been subscribed towards the building fund and further donations are earnestly desired about £800 being still required for the discharge of existing liabilities. Donations in aid of the Building Fund and annual subscriptions towards payment of interest and the current expenses of the Orphanage. 



Saturday 29th May 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Cherrytree National Orphanage Totley near Sheffield

A sale of fancy and useful articles will be held for the benefit of the poor Orphanes on June 7 - 8 and 9 and 18 1869 in the large school room to commence each day at 11am. Admission l shilling to be returned in purchases except refreshments. 1,000 ladies and gentlemen are wanted to give a least one fancy or useful article for the benefit of the institution. Parcels containing goods may be sent to Mrs. Taylor, Brook Hall, Totley Sheffield.



Saturday 11th September 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5) Extract.
Sheffield Carriage Company (Limited) Annual Meeting.
The third ordinary general meeting of the shareholders of the above Comany was held yesterday at the Cutlers' Hall, Mr. J. H. Andrew, of Tapton, (the chairman of the board of directors) presiding. On the motion of Mr. R. Young, seconded by Mr. F. E. Smith, it was resolved that the number of directors be reduced to six instead of eight heretofore. The Board will now be constituted as follows: - Mr John Henry Andrew (chairman), Tapton, Sheffield; Mr Edward V. Birks, Fairfield House, Sheffield; Mr. Benjamin Carledge, Belmont, Sheffield; Mr George Kemp, Eyre-street, Sheffield; Mr. Joseph Mountain, Grove House, Millhouses, Sheffield; Mr. Henry Simpson, Broom Bank House, Sheffield

Latest News

Our next meeting will be in Totley Library on Wednesday, 22nd April when we welcome back David Templeman, who will tell us about Mary Queen of Scots, the Captive Years 1568-1584. The meeting will begin at 7.30 p.m with our AGM.

New Book from THG

Since 1875 when there was only a Rolling Mill and Chemical Yard alongside the river a mile from Totley, the area has changed beyond anyone's imagination  This new book by Pauline Burnett tells the story of how it was named and grew into the community we know today. 


The Rise of Totley Rise has 94 pages including a useful index and is profusely illustrated throughout with many previously unpublished photographs from private collections. The book is on sale now in Totley Library, Totley Rise Post Office and local shops and establishments price £5. Also available directly from our website.

Please note that the dates for Sally Goldsmith's show to rediscover John Ruskin's venture at St. George's Farm have been altered to fit in with other bookings at Woodthorpe Hall. The new dates are Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June.  There will be one performance on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

We have recently extended our coverage of Totley School's Admission Records to take in the period from 1877 to 1910. We have also added an on-screen index to both the scholars and their parents/guardians which you might find useful. In coming weeks we will be transcribing the remaining years up to the start of WW1.

On 8, 9 and 11 November Totley History Group held an exhibition at Dore & Totley United Reformed Church to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Below are additional links to some of the photographs we were lent and stories we researched especially for the exhibition.


Oscar Creswick was a local farmer who served with the Army Service Corps in Salonika and who after the war returned to Totley to become the innkeeper of the Cricket Inn and a member of the village's successful tug of war team.



Walter Evans was a market gardener who also ran a small grocery shop on Hillfoot Road when war broke out. He fought with the Machine Gun Corps at the fourth battle of Ypres. After the war, Walter ran a grocers shop at the top of Main Avenue.




Fred Cartwright was another Totley soldier who survived the Great War. He fought in France and Belgium and although he wasn't wounded he was gassed and was home on sick leave when his daughter was delivered by Nurse Jessop during a snowstorm in January 1917.



Bill Glossop lent us a letter written by his father, William Walton Glossop to his wife describing life in the army during training in the north east of England and asking her to keep him in mind with the children.



The photo above provides a link to an album of photographs taken of WW1 Hospitals at St. John's, Abbeydale and the Longshaw Estate.



Nora Green, of Chapel Lane, was only 14 when war broke out. In 1914 she was ill with diphtheria and was sent to the isolation hospital at Holmley Lane, Dronfield. Nora recovered and wrote a letter of thanks to one of the hospital staff and the reply she received survives. 



We have collected together on this page the names of local men who appear on various War Memorials and Rolls of Honour in Totley, Dore, Abbeydale and Norton.



Unfortunately we were unable to identify all the photographs we were lent of Totley Soldiers. Please take a look at this album to see if you recognize any of the missing names.

We are very grateful to Paul Bennett of Sheffield Business School for sending us a video clip of the demolition of the Total Hall College Tower in 1999. Tap or click or the photo to watch the video.

The Libraries, Archives and Information function within Sheffield City Council has recently published a free 13 page guide called Sources for the History of Totley. You can download the guide in PDF format by tapping/clicking on the picture link above. 

This walk visits locations that have strong associations with Totley during the First World War. It includes the homes of the ten soldiers from the village who lost their lives, the auxiliary hospitals, war memorials, and even the rifle range on which the soldiers trained. Take a look at the first draft of a new walk by the authors of "Totley War Memorial WW1 1914-1918"

We have put together some newly discovered photographs with Anna Baldry's history of Totley Hall Training College, first published in Totley Independent in 1997. If you were a student in 1953 you may be in one of our photos or may be able to identify those who are.

Josie Dunsmore writes about the Milner Family who from 1884 to 1931 owned and lived in Totley Hall and whose estate included Gillfield Wood which became a family playground.

Dorne Coggins tells the story of how St. John's Church Rooms (now the Postal Sorting Office) were used as a 100 bed Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital during the first world war.

As we have nowhere to exhibit memorabilia and artifacts, we have decided to create a Virtual Museum instead, starting with old bottles that were found under the floor of the Old Infant School. Please contact us by email if you would like to see the real thing or have things that you own and would like to see added to the virtual museum.

We wish to thank the Trustees of Cherrytree for giving us permission to publish transcriptions of the Cherrytree Orphanage Admissions Book entries for the years 1866-1929. There is also an alphabetical index for you to look at.

With more people having access to faster broadband and mobile networks, we have uploaded seven full and unedited oral history recordings and also added more short excerpts for you to listen to.

Our transcriptions of local trade directories have been expanded to cover the 95 years from 1837-1932 and have also been indexed. From the days when there were a handful of farmers, stone masons, saw handle makers & scythe grinders to the wonders of the Totley Bridge Garage Company, Betty's Boudoir and The Heatherfield Shopping Centre.

We continue to add to our Totley Newspaper Archive. Recent entries include more than 50 articles from the 1880s and 1890s about Joseph Mountain and the Victoria Gardens, and twenty on the construction of the Totley Tunnel and the Dore and Chinley Railway. Also from 1895 are two interesting pieces about the history of Gillfield Wood and from the early 1900s there are several articles on Frank Mottershaw's demonstrations to the Sheffield and Hallam Photographic Society.

Totley Church of England Parish Magazines for the years 1922-1939 and 1948-1967 with notices of births, marriages and deaths and accounts of spiritual, educational, charitable and social matters in the village. 

Around 90 photographs taken by Stuart Greenhoff for his thesis A Geographical Study of Dore and Totley including several of Totley Moor Brickworks. Superb!  

Chronologically ordered snippets of information recorded by Brian Edwards during his many years of research into our local history.

Read the inscriptions on more than 600 gravestones in  the churchyard.

Find your ancestors in our transcription of the 1911 Census which has been extended to cover the whole of Dore and Totley.


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